Gender Identity, Play, and the Tabletop RPG

Let’s talk about gender identity and play in a tabletop RPG setting. Now, I’m sure some of you are cringing at the thought. Some of you may be certain that I’m going to bash “white men” or the hobby store as a “boys club”. Neither of those is my goal for this post. I’m going…

Skill Checks: Success by Degree

When I started running a FantasyAGE campaign last year, I spent a lot of time reflecting on how I handle Skill Checks or Tests or whatever the system wants to call them. I know that when I first started DMing, I used a very simple metric:  Pass/Fail.  If the player’s roll met the requirements for passing, they…

Sigi: A Fart for Melusina – Steamed Games

With my cat Zuzu purring on my lap, I’m sitting down to review Pixel.lu’s retro-style action-platformer: Sigi: A Fart for Melusina (Steam, $2.99). Do you have fond memories of Ghosts & Goblins but lack the time to play such a challenging game today? Have you been looking for a retro-style game that’s bright and visually appealing, like the…

CyphaCon

  CyPhaCon is a wonderful little convention in my hometown that takes place every April. I’ve been lucky enough to attend most years before moving to Baton Rouge. I sadly had to miss the last two years, but was joyfully able to make a triumphant return this year. I didn’t really tell anyone that I…

Constantine: City of Demons – Girls on Screen

Matt Ryan is back as everyone’s favorite rule-breaking, chain-smoking, beer-drinking warlock: John Constantine! And this time, he’s animated! In the CWSeed’s new web series, Constantine: City of Demons, has John attempting to save the soul of his best friend Chas’ young daughter who has been imprisoned within the heart of the demon Beroul. There are five…

World Building 1: Start Small

For this Tabletop RPG post, I want to focus on tips for DMs/GMs who want to build their own fantasy worlds. I’ve built my own fantasy worlds since the mid-1990s, and I’ve learned from my mistakes as well as from the successes of others. So, as I work to create a new homebrew setting for D…

Life through Death: Goth Faves

I’ve been writing all our gaming columns thus far, but expect that to change shortly! While Nixie is away at a local Sci-Fi Convention, CyphaCon, I’ll be writing this week’s Lifestyle column. She started this off by writing about her favorite Lush products, but since I’m not super into bath products, I’ll be writing about…

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – Replay Value

For the first installment of Replay Value, I’m going to explore whether or not The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds has any replay value. Nintendo released this 3DS game in 2013, declaring it to be the sequel to the classic SNES title The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and that declaration generated a lot…

Dirty Magic Book Review – Girls on the Page

Magic is real, and it went public in the U.S. in the 1960s. Now, the government has to deal with how to handle “Lefties”, or Adepts, and their powers, and cops have to handle the trade in dirty, or unregulated, potions brewed by the various covens. Speaking of, there’s a new dirty potion that causes…

Gamer Food: Durotar Warrior’s Pie

So, we love food. Leigh is in training to become a pastry chef while she works in the kitchen at Tsunami Sushi. I’m also someone who grew up in a family where everyone (except my younger sister for some reason) cooked frequently. I have numerous old family recipes (mostly desserts), and for many of our…

Phantom Halls – Indie(Velopment)

Today we’re going to review an early access independent Action/Adventure/RPG horror game I picked up on Steam:  Phantom Halls by Incendium. From what I can gather about the company, this is pretty much the only game they have out right now, and it’s their only listed on the Steam Store.  This game is cartoony, quirky, and…